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PREVIEW: SIUE Makes First Appearance at Tennessee State

Feb. 7, 2011

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SIUE (7-14) at Tennessee State (6-17)
Feb. 8 - 7 p.m.
At Nashville, Tenn.

MEDIA
Live Stats: http://www.tsutigers.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=19600&SPID=11281&SPSID=588413

TODAY'S OPPONENT
This is the first-ever road contest between SIUE and Tennessee State. The Tigers, out of Nashville, Tenn., hold a 6-17 record overall and are 3-10 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Tennessee State is tied for eighth place in league play.

PREVIOUS MEETING
SIUE defeated Tennessee State 70-60 at the Vadalabene Center on Jan. 11. Raven Berry posted a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

WIN STREAK
SIUE had its five-game winning streak snapped at Purdue Jan. 27. It was SIUE's longest winning streak in the Amanda Levens' era and is the best winning streak since the 2007-08 season when the Cougars also won five straight games. The Cougars had a successful January going 5-2 overall, including an overtime loss to Eastern Illinois.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Four different players have recorded a double-double this season for SIUE. Raven Berry recorded her seventh of the season and 11th of her career with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the loss at Eastern Illinois. Michaela Herrod has two while Allyssa Decker and Sydney Stahlberg have one each. Eight of the 11 double-doubles this season have come against OVC teams.

CLIMBING THE HILL
Jazmin Hill has jumped into the top 20 all-time in three-pointers made with 52 after 21 games. The Cougar freshman has recorded a three-pointer in 20 of 21 games this season and at least two in 14 straight games. The most three-pointers by a freshman is 70 set by all-time record holder Whitney Sykes (2004-2008).

COUGAR TOP 40
SIUE has two active players among the top 40 scorers all-time at SIUE. Junior Melia Duncan is 31st with 670 points, and sophomore Raven Berry is 33rd overall with 584 points.

FROM THE FIELD
Sophomore Raven Berry continues to lead the team in field goal percentage at 51.5 percent.

WELCOME TO THE LINEUP
The Cougars are 5-3 when freshman Valerie Finnin is in the starting lineup. Finnin has started each of the last seven games. The losses were twice to Eastern Illinois (once overtime) and Jan. 27 at Purdue.

IN THE RPI
The RPI considers team records, opponent record and strength of schedule. The official index is released by the NCAA each week. There are 343 NCAA Division I women's basketball teams listed overall. Below are the RPI rankings for this week, including all of the Ohio Valley Conference teams.
Tennessee Tech 95
Morehead State 155
UT Martin 180
Eastern Illinois 228
SIUE 244
Austin Peay 275
Jacksonville State 284
Southeast Missouri 286
Tennessee State 317
Eastern Kentucky 326
Murray State 337

VS. OHIO VALLEY
SIUE is 5-3 against OVC schools this season with wins over Murray State, Austin Peay, Morehead State, Tennessee State and Eastern Kentucky and losses to Morehead State, Murray State and Eastern Illinois. SIUE has 12 games against OVC teams this season and home-and-home contests against four OVC schools including Eastern Illinois, Murray State, Tennessee State and Morehead State. SIUE plays a full OVC schedule next season.

POINTS AND ASSISTS LEADER
Jazmin Hill currently leads the team in points per game (13.6) and assists per game (2.9). The last player to do that for the Cougars was Misi Clark during the 2000-2001 season.

FREE THROWS IN LAST FOUR MINUTES
Raven Berry 13-19
Jazmin Hill 11-17
Sydney Stahlberg 10-13
Michaela Herrod 7-10
Courtney Kenner 4-4
Melia Duncan 2-4
Madison Meade 1-3
Ledbetter, Finnin, Decker 0-1

THREE FOR THE E
Melia Duncan is the seventh player in school history to record 100 three-pointers. She is tied with Sarah Schweers (1999-2003) for No. 6 on the list with 102. Whitney Sykes is the school's all-time leader with 277 three-pointers from 2004 to 2008. Next on the list is Leslie Phillips (1994-1997) who recorded 108.

TWO SIGNEES FOR COUGARS
Katie Hempen (Highland) and Tierny Austin (Rockford) have signed National Letters of Intent to join the women's basketball program. Both scored 1,000 career points before their senior season and were named All-State. Hempen, a 5-9 guard was the Most Valuable Player for a second time last season for the Lady Bulldogs. The fourth-place finisher in the state in the IHSA's three-point shooting contest, she averaged 14.7 points per game and 3.1 steals per game last season. Austin, a 5-10 forward, averaged 21.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game last season in leading Auburn High School to a 26-6 record.

OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE
SIUE officially joined the OVC on July 1, 2008. All SIUE team sports will begin regular season competition in the OVC during the 2011-12 academic year and will be eligible for post-season competition in 2012-13. SIUE women's basketball is eligible for the Women's NIT and the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI). SIUE softball is the exception as it is eligible for the OVC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament in 2011.

SIUE REFERENCES
The proper usage of the University's name is Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. There are no hyphens or other words to connect University and Edwardsville. SIUE is always acceptable. SIU Edwardsville is appropriate, also minus a hyphen. The nickname is Cougars, which is the same for men and women.

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